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Have you ever used Adobe’s creative cloud? If graphic design is your passion, (I found a lot of people on the internet saying graphic design is their passion for some reason) then you know all about Adobe’s collection of software like Photoshop, Illustrator, and a variety of other graphic design and photography related software.

But what does it actually do? When you go into Photoshop, what are you doing? You’re probably trying to achieve a certain effect with computer magic that you can’t do otherwise.

Say you recently had a hard breakup…

At the top of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, past the basic needs that people have in order to stay alive & stay mentally healthy, he puts a little triangle right at the top of the pyramid that represents “self-actualization.” It’s a vague term of which most people have a pretty good approximate idea, but nobody seems to have a nailed down definition. The Greek concept of “telos,” an “end goal” is similar, as well as the French “raison d’etre,” but they seem to miss the more spiritual, enlightened part of self-actualization.

Defining it in any kind of good way sounds…

Using the internet is easy enough and can be taught to pretty much anybody. Explaining how the internet works is a whole other task. Where is it? Where does it come from? How is it all connected? It’s easy to think about the internet as existing in some “other” space that isn’t connected to where we are physically. We just go on the computer and the internet is there, we’re connected to an intangible space beyond space. But to understand something, let’s think about the internet as a neighborhood. …

“Paint a picture for him. Something like, you want to be the needle in the haystack, not the haystack.” — Don Draper

Nate Silver, one of the world’s leading meteorologists, wrote a book in 2012 called The Signal and the Noise in which he explains to everybody else why he’s so good at predicting who is going to win the upcoming season of The Bachelor.

The phrase “the signal and the noise” is pretty intuitive. The signal is the message you want to hear, the useful information. The noise is everything else that is unimportant. Nate Silver is good at…

Ryan Mason

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